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The Dirty Habit Restaurant

The PILGRIMS Way Upper Street, Hollingbourne ME17 1UW, England
+44 1622 880880
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“game pie” (11 reviews)
“prawn linguine” (10 reviews)
“steak” (50 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The PILGRIMS Way Upper Street, Hollingbourne ME17 1UW, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had my first visit to this restaurant last Saturday evening and had a lovely meal. I had the king prawn linguine followed by crumble. Both were very nice. All of the food I saw come out of the kitchen looked well presented especially some of...More

Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went in today for a nice meal with friends. The Dirty Habit was recommended to us as a great pub not far from Leeds Castle. I thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday roast, and the mushroom gnocchi was excellent.

Thank Kyle M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food, wines and service.Owned by Elite pubs, all of which provide a high standard of catering above that of the normal pubs owned by chains. Situated on the Pilgrim's Way in Kent and well worth a visit but do remember to book. Open on...More

Thank rochester604
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here for lunch on Monday, on my penultimate day of walking the Pilgrims Way. I arrived about half past eleven, half an hour before the kitchen opened for lunch. I ordered a pint and a burger (Ready for when the kitchen opened.) and...More

Thank davidgZ2988DU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We Went here with my sister and her husband, great food and well served, disappoint that both the burger, and some steaks were unavailable, little bit poor that on a Saturday night, however what we had was very good, and a nice atmosphere within the...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Potentially a really nice pub - it just needs a bit more attention to the menu to turn a good place into a great one. Does that sound churlish? I hope not. It's just that the menu is a half way house between real gastro...More

1  Thank AndrewJMS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely meal in here for ten of us. This pub is so attractive in and outside and beautifully decorated to match the 13th century architecture. This really is a gorgeous village pub and restaurant, and the food was delicious! The staff are exceedingly...More

Thank HoratioWKent
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

Being disappointed with our hotel restaurant, we looked for somewhere else.This place is a great quality gastropub .Really good quality food, cooked expertly and served well.No complaints whatsoever.Go there...but book first I'd suggest☺☺

Thank Mike S
Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

Visited the dirty habit twice now, and it's really surprising to find a lovely country pub with a decent vegan menu! What a treat! Went with friends who had boar burgers and duck and I have to say, the duck looked outstanding. The coconut, tomato...More

Thank michellegsmith
Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

Son had prebooked lunch for 2.45, we arrived about 2.30 , but then was not seated until gone 3.30, then half hour wait for food. Food was ok, but totally spoilt by the long wait especially as we had two hungry youngsters with us.

Thank Giggsy14
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April 8, 2018|
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Response from 727anitah | Reviewed this property |
yes they certainly do.......we brought alongJasper our son and daughter in laws 14 month old wire haired fox terrier. The pub gave him a great welcome ( NB in the bar ....not the restaurant) The staff welcomed him with a... More
Madeleine W
January 19, 2018|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, They do serve sandwiches at lunchtime.
January 3, 2017|
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Response from PJT91065 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, options on the menu. Also let the team know when you telephone and book. They are only too happy to help and make suggestions.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The PILGRIMS Way Upper Street, Hollingbourne ME17 1UW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Hollingbourne
  • Phone Number: +44 1622 880880
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There���s nothing taboo about good food, so The Dirty Habit pub restaurant in Hollingbourne near Maidstone is perhaps misleadingly named. Of course the name actually refers to the origins of this historic building on the famed Pilgrims Way, close to the North Downs and dating back to the 11th century, The Dirty Habit started life as a brewery owned and run by monks who also allowed weary travellers to rest here as they made their way to Canterbury. Gloriously characterful, The Dirty Habit maintains features from throughout the intervening years, including cosy fireplaces and ovens, gnarly old beams and a long Georgian oak bar too. From the comfy Monks Corner to the beautifully refurbished terrace, there���s a space to suit your occasion. While the bar serves a wide range of beers, ales and spirits, as well as a good wine list, the food menu caters for all tastes and budgets, The Dirty Habit���s award winning chef using locally sourced produce in dishes ranging from traditional British pub grub to more exotic offerings.
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